Last minute deals don’t really seem to exist anymore, but leaving it pretty late to book we seemed to have got an awesome offer on our holiday this year. Not only that, the weather was amazing for September, the hotel had plenty on to get involved in, even for adults, and we came back totally relaxed. Read on to find out more… Normally I’d book our holiday as early as possible. Give us something to work for and look forward to. Something to make that hard slog at work totally worth it. I think last year we booked our September holiday in March, after I’d probably been looking since January. I was counting down from May. Haha. But this year due to changes in our careers,…

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A couple of weeks ago now I jumped on a National Express coach down to Bath to see Char,  my best friend from uni. Overdue a huge catch up, I was heading down a little earlier than the other girls so we could have some time together before the wedding planning resumed full steam ahead – she’s getting married next March. With an afternoon to explore, we headed for lunch before letting the inner explorer out and heading to explore the Botanical Gardens. The gardens were beautiful. Very peaceful and quiet. There were times we felt like if we stepped over the bridge or up the stairs we’d stumble across the secret garden. A magical place undisturbed by others. Still chatting the whole way round,…

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Suns out, picnic blankets out. We all know that as soon as the nice weather arrives, the majority of Londoners will pack their rucksacks, grab a blanket or anything which could possibly work to sit on (I’ve seen old curtains, towels and cushions) and head to the nearest park – or the best looking green space. If you could take an aerial photo of London’s green space on a hot day, I’m sure there wouldn’t much unoccupied. We followed by example last week during the heatwave, with a picnic on Primrose Hill. It was my first trip (I know, I can’t believe it either), and the perfect spot for an afternoon soaking up the rays, having a laugh and enjoying some nibbles and a drink…

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City breaks. As much as they’re about culture for me, they’re also about food. Getting to try the traditional cuisines from exactly where it all started and from the people who know how to prepare it and serve it best, is always top of my list of things to do – it’s all about the things to eat! I bet you’re not shocked there. Madrid was no exception, and with Kim on the same page as me, both being serious foodies, we had plenty of options on our list to try during our trip. In fact, we had way too many to fit into our short break. We quickly found that food in Madrid is all about the carbs, fried food and cheese, and although…

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Culture, sightseeing, and the best views – it all has to be done when in Madrid, or on any weekend getaway. City breaks are all about exploring, seeing all the sights and going back cultured out, almost ready for a beach holiday and relaxation. I always feel the need to make the most of every day, to see everything possible – after all, there are so many cities to see, that the chances of going back are pretty limited. If you read last week’s post on my weekend trip to Madrid, you’d see that we stayed pretty central (in an awesome apartment), meaning we could walk anywhere we fancied. However, even if your apartment is slightly further out, the Metro is super easy to get into…

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